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Morgan Mahdavi

African Studies

Email: k10mm04@kzoo.edu
Hometown: Newfane, VT
Major: Anthropology & Sociology
Concentration: African Studies
Study Abroad/Away: Kenya, Philadelphia Center
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Depends on my mood but I’ll say Mocha Chocolate Chip
Best Adjective to Describe You: Rowdy


In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Africa is a fascinating and diverse continent.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I had never really learned anything about Africa in high school and wanted to, especially because I knew I wanted to study abroad in Africa. The cultural differences, combined with our countries’ intertwined histories, make Africa a fascinating place to learn about as an American, especially after traveling there.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Take African Studies classes!

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Before coming to K, I took a gap year in Senegal. So in coming here, Senegal and Africa were my main interest points. I am interested in travelling, meeting new people, and working on international development, justice and equality for all across the globe, which absolutely connects with this department.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
That learning is always happening around us, not just in the classroom. K  has taught me how to seek out and create the learning that works best for me.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
This is such a hard question! I have too many! But for this, I will say Africa in the Global Context because it not only taught me a lot about Africa and different cultures within the continent, but also helped me to understand issues on the continent in a more complete way, as convoluted and historical problems involve people all across the globe, not just Africans.

What is your SIP?
I have an internship at the Boys and Girls Club this summer, helping to develop (and teach) dating violence prevention programs for girls ages 6-16. I am writing my SIP about dating violence and dating violence prevention.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Who knows. I am open to whatever opportunity presents itself. Probably looking to go back abroad and work in international development and promotion of girls’ education.

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